First, you knock at the gates of Neamţ Fortress and go back in time, among boyars, princesses, and frontier guards. Next, you go downtown and head straight to old churches, as thriving in the past as they are now, and enjoy the fresh air and monastic silence. Then, you remember how a European bison looks like or you see it now for the first time, you drive through mountain villages with houses old and new, you make a detour to see where Father Iustin served at Petru Vodă Monastery, and then you head to Poiana Largului – the crossroads of Moldavia, Transylvania, and Bucovina, to find out the legend of Piatra Teiului Rock.
Duration: 4-5 days Length: 46 km and can be reached by car, motorbike, bicycle
How you get to Târgu Neamţ: from Bucharest on DN2 (E85) to Bacău, then take DN15 and DN15C; from the West of the country on DN17B and DN15B; from Suceava on DN 15C; from Iaşi on DN15B; by train; by plane to the airports in Iaşi, Bacău, Suceava and from the airport by car/coach.
Where is it? Neamţ Fortress is located in Târgu Neamţ (from the town centre turn left in front of the Polyclinic); “Vasile Găman” Ethnography Museum – 1 km to the right from DN15B; Neamţ Monastery – 4 km to the right from DN15B; you will find “Dragoş Vodă” European Bison Reserve and Mihail Sadoveanu Memorial House on the road to Neamţ Monastery; Secu and Sihăstria Monasteries are at 4 and 7 km, respectively, on the left from DN15; some 5 km further still is the Sihla Hermitage.
- Neamţ Fortress, Târgu Neamţ
- Veronica Micle Memorial House in Târgu Neamţ
- Vasile Găman Ethnography Museum
- Dragoş Vodă European Bison Nature Reserve
- Mihail Sadoveanu Memorial House
- Neamţ Monastery
- Secu Monastery
- Sihăstria Monastery
- Sihla Hermitage
- Petru Vodă Monastery
- Piatra Teiului Rock